What will I be doing?
Pipefitter/Steamfitter Welder apprentices are trained to fabricate and erect pipes of every kind – plastic, ferrous and non-ferrous types. Pipefitters learn to thread, solder, braze, and weld pipes. They also install air conditioning chillers, air handler units, cooling towers, pumps, storage tanks and vessels, control valves, instrumentation, and all related work connected to its installation.
Where will I be working?
Pipefitter/Steamfitter Welders work on new construction projects and renovation projects – from power plants, water treatment plants, oil refineries, hospitals, government and commercial buildings, hotels and luxury resorts, and high-rise condominiums to single-family homes in residential neighborhoods.
How will I be trained?
Training is accomplished through an apprenticeship program, where the apprentice gains hands-on experience while working with a qualified journey worker of the trade and earning a wage. Related instructions and training courses are conducted by qualified instructors. Course curriculum includes safety, first aid, blueprint reading, pipe layout and fabrication, rigging, pipe preparation, basic and advance welding, pipe welding, tig welding, orbital welding, plastic fusion, and tube bending.
The apprenticeship program is a tried and proven method of training apprentices to acquire the skills of the trade.
What about wages and benefits?
Members are covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors Association of Hawaii and Local 675 of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentice Plumbers & Pipefitters of the U.S. & Canada, AFL-CIO, known as the Labor-Management Agreement. This Agreement provides for good working conditions, wages, and fringe benefits such as health and welfare, vacation and holiday pay, pension and annuity.